Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Suing your employer- state of texas

Why can't you sue the state?

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  • utarch
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    1 decade ago
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    Generally lawsuits against any governmental entity (city, county or state) are barred by the legal principle called "sovereign immunity". This doctrine prevents the courts from being used to disrupt government going about its business of making decisions which affect everyone. However, that doesn't mean you can't sue the State of Texas. You just have to have "permission" (granted by statute) to do so. One of the most obvious statutes is the Texas Tort Claims Act, which sets down the rules whereby ordinary citizens can sue the state of Texas for acts of negligence. There are many other statutory exceptions to the general principle of sovereign immunity, so you will need to research your specific cause of action and see if it falls into a classification which allows you to sue the State.

    Source(s): Retired Texas trial lawyer
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